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Battlelines Drawn

Riots in Jakarta further erode the legitimacy of the Suharto rule

Battlelines Drawn
Battlelines Drawn
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THE attack was obviously pre-planned. On July 27, as foreign ministers of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its dialogue partners departed after their 10-day deliberations, riot police stormed the headquarters of the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) in downtown Jakarta.

The building had been occupied for about a month by supporters of PDI leader Megawati Sukarnoputri, daughter of Indonesia's founding president, Sukarno, and was being used to launch public attacks on the Suharto government. "From the timing it does look pretty obvious that it (the raid) was pre-planned," said a Jakarta-based diplomat. "Given the prominence of human rights at the meeting, it's clear they (the government) had planned it and implemented it as soon as the foreign ministers left." 

At least two PDI workers were killed and dozens injured in the raid. But the government was obviously unprepared for the riots that followed. Megawati's cadres set ablaze 10 buildings and the police attacked them, injuring...

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